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From the Author
- ASIN : B074KMBJ3L
- Publisher : Crimson Cloak Publishing; 1st edition (August 3, 2017)
- Publication date : August 3, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 889 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 275 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1681604469
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #558,116 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Current pop cultural references make this a “laugh out loud” read and provide a connection to today’s audience. Well defined characters drive this love story including the Biblical Gatekeeper living under the Church’s protection into his third millennial, and a collection of demons born in the wrong era condemned before Christianity could save them, a group less interested in evil and more interested in playing hooky and dodging “work” commitments on earth, a much nicer place than hell. However, for horror fans the truly evil do lurk in the pages, including Lilith and her sister, backed by an army of stupid devils and monstrous demi-gods from pagan religions.
Malin Alina Sinclair, the girl of prophecy, is a great heroine, struggling with the life of a teenaged girl in the modern world while slowly falling for a “college boy,” who, surprise, just happens to be a refugee from the pits of Hell. This is a paranormal romance of epic proportions, exciting and a great read. Highly recommended!
Authors Jess and Keith have built a story and characters that will captivate and draw you in and you'll find yourself turning the last page before you're ready to be done. Solid character and relationship building coupled with witty quotes to fit each chapter create a reading experience that is immersive and tailored to fit the story.
The story asks the reader to re-frame popular thinking about heaven and hell and exactly what it means to inhabit one or the other. It's a story about love of all kinds - of family, of friends, of yourself and of another person. It is about embracing who you are and the role you are born or put into, but finding a way to be true to yourself. Pick it - you won't be disappointed!
First off I really enjoy Sci-Fi fantasy type books and this is definitely a fantasy book. Secondly, I really enjoy books with well developed characters. Characters that you get to “know” and become involved with. Characters that you grow to love or to hate. This book absolutely has that. Of course, my favorite character is one of the main characters, Ben. My second favorite character is Chris. I have to admit the other main character, the girl, Mal, is annoying to me but she’s young and so maybe she’ll develop as the books go along. Maybe it’s because she shifts so readily from one person to another? I guess that’s not unlike a teenager. Plus, I think for someone who is supposed to be the descendant of Christ, who is God, she’s kind of selfish. Also the angels and their in-fighting etc is weird since it’s heaven but again it’s all pretend so it’s just a matter of separating fact from fiction in ones mind.
I really like how the authors took myths from many different sources and wove them together within the story line. I see a little of everything here from Harry Potter to the Seventh Seal. I’m not sure that is intentional but I enjoyed it and see it as authors that are well read and well versed in different areas of the fantasy genre. The quotes at the beginnings of the chapters were also fun to read, although I couldn’t always figure out how they were related to the current chapter. I like the quote the book ended with.
I liked the pace of the story. It’s hard to make it feel like time is passing in a story, different seasons etc but I had a sense that time had passed in this story, that’s hard to do right.
I liked the overall story ideas and really am curious as to what will happen next!
Things that I thought could be better. The transitions from one scene to another, like when you have to go back a few pages to see what you just read to figure out where you are now kind of a thing. They weren’t always smooth, there’s probably a better way for me to say that.
I don’t usually like horror stories so some of the fighting scenes were a little gory for me.
So all in all I think it’s a good book and I’m curious to see what happens to Ben, Mal and the gang. Oh I really liked all the little references to other things, like Star Trek or other Sci-Fi stuff here and there.
The overall story is a love story, romantic love, family love, and the love for ones friends...
You should definitely give it a read if you enjoy the fantasy genre!